Big Sam brought in to steady the ship at struggling Everton

1. Replace Romelu Lukaku

1. Replace Romelu Lukaku

Everton have announced the appointment of Sam Allardyce as their new manager on an 18-month contract.

The Dudley-born manager has also earned a reputation as a survival specialist, where he performed miracles at clubs like Crystal Palace and Sunderland as he helped ensure their Premier League status.

Writing in his column for Paddy Power recently the soon to be Everton manager wrote about the sides troubles saying, "Everton are obviously in a bad place at the moment and, like every football club that is struggling, it's mainly down to a loss of belief".

And Allardyce revealed that two major reasons convinced him to join the club: the first of which being the attraction of the club.

He will get his first look at his new squad, Everton facing one of his former clubs West Ham.

"As we sit here right now, I believe the board are talking to a few people", Unsworth said.

2. Sort out the defence
Big Sam brought in to steady the ship at struggling Everton

With Everton being absolutely disgusting at football this season under Ronald Koeman they decided that the threat of losing out on all that money was too great so they sacked him and spent a month trying to find the ideal manager. "Sam understands the long-term ambitions we have for this great club and I know he is a man who gives it his all and is focused 24 hours a day on the club". "Obviously, the club has gone through a hard spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again", Allardyce said in statement.

When he left Selhurst Park in May, Allardyce said he had "no ambitions" to take another managerial job.

Allardyce was interviewed three weeks ago, but initially ruled himself out of the running.

However, Allardyce did watch his side dismantle West Ham 4-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, courtesy of a Wayne Rooney hat-trick, so there is reason to be optimistic.

His first game in charge is against Huddersfield on Saturday.

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